At this point it’s become obvious that Conor McGregor is desperate to remain relevant as a big ticket fighter. His boxing match against Floyd Mayweather was well earned. McGregor forced Dana White (and the UFC, hence) to honor is stake as not only a fighter in the match versus Mayweather but White was also forced to concede to allowing McGregor’s promotion company to be one of the promotion companies putting on the fight (alongside the UFC and Mayweather Promotions).
McGregor is not that big of a draw anymore. Nobody wants to pay to see him get his ass kicked anymore. Losing against Mayweather was acceptable but being destroyed in the Octagon by by Khabib was unforgivable. McGregor was exposed in his bout versus Khabib and it happened in front of the eyes of the world. The reality is that McGregor is now perceived as a B-grade fighter relative to his MMA peers. This doesn’t take away from a great career but it does mean he’s no longer that big of a draw. Not without going through the ranks and again claiming his stake.
Conor McGregor is set to make his return to UFC action with his upcoming bout against veteran Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Speaking with ESPN ahead of UFC 246 McGregor talked about wanting to fight Mayweather again around the 41:47 mark, stating,
“I know I’d beat Floyd if we rematched and when we rematch… It was supposed to be me boxing, then we’ll do a mixed martial arts bout. That’s what was said, and it came out of his mouth as well. It was not written, but it was a verbal agreement.”
The reality is that Mayweather is more inclined, considering he’s now out of retirement and having publicly stated he’ll fight in 2020, to take on a less risky opponent which makes McGregor a good fit. One thing Conor McGregor is better at than MMA is salesmanship. No one can deny his skill of selling himself to a disbelieving public and more often than not proving his naysayers wrong. McGregor seems humbled and wiser. Catch the video below. Good interview beginning to end.
“2020 – The year of perfect vision.”